Extended School Year-Summer School

  • The Orleans/Niagara BOCES holds a six-week full day special education summer program for students with a wide range of disabilities and needs; this program is known as the Extended School Year (ESY) program.  The goal of the Extended School Year program is to help students maintain the skills that they learned during the school year.  Engaging theme-based lessons, field trips, and special programs keep the 332 students that register from regressing during the summer months.  Along with the classroom instruction that is focused on literacy, the program also includes:

    • Speech/Language Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Vision Services
    • Hearing Services
    • Orientation and Mobility
    • Counseling


    The 2019 Extended School Year program will begin with a mandatory staff orientation on July 2, 2019.  Students will report on July 8, 2019.  The last day of the program will be August 16, 2019, for both students and staff. 


    Our theme for the 2019 ESY Program is:

    "Travel Around the World"

    Travel Around the World

    You can't take your students with you on vacation as you travel the world, but you can take them on virtual trips as you explore different cultures together. Lesson plans on travel give you the opportunity to delve into topics like culture, geography and even math as you plan for travel expense. With this theme, you can dig into literature, help students embrace their inner artist and give them a love and passion for a new and exciting location. Whether you are digging into a country for a detailed unit study, want to diverge from the curriculum for some fun travel-themed lessons or simply want to give your students a love for travel, embrace travel without leaving the four walls of your classroom.


    The vacancy notice for 2019 is now available; please see below.

    There are two separate applications.  It is very important to read the information below before downloading the application so you know which application you will need to apply for a position for 2019.

    The reappointment application is for 10-month O/N BOCES staff only who worked for the 2018 ESY program.

    The more detailed Extended School Year application should be used by the following individuals:

    • Current O/N BOCES substitutes who are seeking full-time employment in the 2019 ESY program.
    • Current 10-month O/N BOCES full- and/or part-time employees who did not work the 2018 ESY program.
    • All non-O/N BOCES employees, no matter if they worked the 2018 ESY program or not.

    There will be four sites again this year.  They are:

    • Orleans Learning Center, Medina NY
    • Roy-Hart Learning Center, Gasport NY
    • BOCES NT Learning Center, North Tonawanda NY
    • Niagara Academy, Sanborn NY


    Vacancy Notice

    ESY Extended School Year Application 

    For BOCES Employees Only that worked ESY in 2018

    BOCES Employee Re-Appointment Application